Calm weather in Exmouth is welcomed at any time but particularly in the school holidays.

Tackle World Exmouth supports many different events in the region, including the Desert to Reef tournament held in Point Samson during the holidays to raise money for WA Police Legacy.

The inaugural event attracted 15 teams and 56 anglers, many from the inland town of Newman, to target various species and have fun while raising funds.

Organiser Kiel Hebden did an amazing job in creating yet another great fishing competition for young and old while raising more than $15,000.

The prize for heaviest mackerel was taken out by Lee Marlow and the heaviest rankin cod was caught by Thomas Blackshaw.

Barry Grosse caught the longest red emperor.

The event is already in the planning for next year and it may move to Exmouth.

We are smack in the middle of winter and local charter operators have been getting into some good-sized cobia and Spanish mackerel.

Some thumper bonefish have turned up for fly fishers too.

Sailfish and marlin seem to always be out there and those anglers who are game are stretching their arms on GTs.

If you are a visitor to the area and want to get into this type of sports fishing, a charter is more of an option these days with several operating.

Of course, if you are visiting or a local and enjoy shore fishing, we are blessed to have such an array available with baitfish such as gardies and squid, to bread and butter species like flathead and whiting.

The list of species available to the shore-based anglers is very large indeed.

If you’re not sure what to target and where, then drop in to Tackle World and ask for the shore-based fishing guide.

You can also pick up some tips on what is biting and which lures are working well, along with a weather forecast to help you enjoy the most of your trip.